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Easley presents plan for farmers PDF Print
Tuesday, 04 December 2007 21:34

Governor Mike Easley presented a plan approved by the Council of State to provide up to $3.5 million to get hay for drought-stricken farmers yesterday.

The plan will provide money to purchase hay from other states and transport it to North Carolina. The hay would be sold to farmers at the lowest cost possible. A press release from Easley’s office estimates that the state needs about 100,000 rolls of hay at a cost of about $30 per roll to keep cattle and horses fed through the winter.

Late summer hay production was predicted to be 897,000 tons, a 45 percent drop from last year.

The Council of State unanimously voted to authorize the purchasing plan.
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